Orlando’s National HIV Testing Day is more important than ever. Orlando now ranks 2nd in the nation for new cases of HIV, according to AIDSVu. We’re going to give you the complete run down of resources.
- What is National HIV Testing Day?
- Who should get a HIV test?
- Where can I get a HIV test throughout the year?
- Where can I get a HIV test National HIV Testing Day?
- What if I’m HIV positive? Get into medical care!
- What if want to prevent HIV? Get into medical care!
- OIC – Doing It My Way
Orlando’s National HIV Testing Day – Everything You Need to Know
What is National HIV Testing Day?
National HIV Testing Day is an annual event to encourage people to get an HIV test. Everyone should get a HIV test between the ages of 13 and 64 as part of routine medical care according to the CDC. Sexually active individuals should get a HIV test more frequently. This years CDC theme is “Doing it my way!” Check out the pictures below of how OIC’s staff does it there way!
Who should get a HIV test?
- Everyone between 13-64 should be tested at least once in their lifetime
- Individuals that are sexually active should be tested at least annually
- Individuals that are sexually active and identify as gay or men that have sex with men should be tested more frequently
Where can I get a HIV test throughout the year?
- Doctor – If you have a doctor, ask them to include it in your routine lab work.
- Pharmacies – Many pharmacies like Walgreens now offer HIV testing and PrEP.
- Talk, Test, Treat – A FDOH local guide to all HIV testing resources with a complete listing of organizations that offer HIV prevention and testing resources. Most of these resources are FREE* or offered on a nominal sliding scale.
- Know Your Status – FDOH statewide guide to all HIV testing resources
Where can I get a HIV test during National HIV Testing Day?
There are over 25 locations for Orlando’s National HIV Testing Day! The Seminole County Health Department is offering free, confidential HIV and STD testing today from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m at 400 W. Airport Blvd. in Sanford.
The Florida Department of Health in Lake County will offer free HIV Testing and Hepatitis A vaccines on National HIV Testing Day today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Walgreens located at 2010 Citrus Blvd. in Leesburg.
Free and confidential HIV testing is offered at the following Walgreens locations:
- Walgreens on North Lane: 5185 North Lane, Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on 535 near I-4: 13502 State Road 535 Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens in Kissimmee: 1111 W. Vine St. Kissimmee, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on Old Winter Garden Rd.: 6651 Old Winter Garden Rd., Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on OBT: 4502 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on Hiawassee: 2550 N. Hiawassee Rd., Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on Alafaya: 3000 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens in Apopka: 125 E. Main St., Apopka, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens in Sandford: 2501 S. French Ave., Sanford, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Walgreens on Kuhl Ave.: 1200 Kuhl Ave., Orlando, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Walgreens in W. Melbourne: 3090 W. New Haven Rd., West Melbourne, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens in Melbourne: 1350 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens in Kissimmee: 395 Cypress Pkwy, Kissimmee, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on East Colonial: 2420 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens in Kissimmee: 1111 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Walgreens on Hiawassee: 2550 N. Hiawassee Rd., Orlando, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Positive Assistance: 750 S. Orange Blossom Tr. (Suite 222), Orlando, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
What if I’m HIV positive? Get into medical care!
Did you know there is no reason why someone in America that has HIV should not be in medical care? People who test for HIV are highly trained and will know exactly what to do. You are not alone. There are plenty of community resources and the HIV tester will connect you to them.
- Doctors Office – How do you know which ones are the best? Determine your needs, check current reviews and verify their credentials. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and The Best Doctors List set the gold standard for physician specialty certification.
- Medicare/Medicaid/Veterans Affairs – Federal programs that provide health coverage for those that qualify.
- Ryan White – Services are provided on a sliding scale and FREE* for those that qualify. It’s a federally funded program that offers assistance to those that are underinsured or uninsured. It does not required citizenship documentation. It helps pay for doctor visits, medication and other services.
- Florida Department of Health – Provides Ryan White medical services on a sliding scale or FREE* for those that qualify
What if want to prevent HIV? Get into medical care!
- Undetectable Equals Untransmittable was created by The Prevention Access Campaign to educate people about science that has been around for years. Studies show that if someone is HIV+, takes their medication regularly and achieves an undetectable viral load for over 6 months, that they cannot transmit the virus. To clarify, the CDC states “(undetectable individuals) have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner”. #UequalsU #ScienceNotStigma
- PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) – PrEP is a medical regimen that includes routine doctor visits, labs and taking 1 pill once a day to prevent HIV. When taken daily, data shows that its over 90% effective at reducing HIV transmission. There are many was to get PrEP. Your doctor/healthcare provider and many nonprofits are now offering it. Check out Please PrEP Me to find the option closest to you.
- Condoms – Using condoms with both of the above HIV prevention strategies is recommended. In addition, condoms also help prevent STIs. Now there is even an internal condom option! Click here for condom info and how to use them.
- Other Ways – Abstinence is an option. But there are a million other ways to have a great time sexually AND prevent HIV. Above all, have a healthy conversation about sexual boundaries, safe sex practices and consent!
OIC – Doing It My Way
Doing It My Way! You know what the OIC way is? Active collaboration with wonderful community partners. For example, we partner with numerous local organizations to amplify messaging for national awareness days like National HIV Testing Day. Whether negative or positive, we all have a role to play in ending HIV.
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*FREE – Provided at no cost to you. Everything has value. You and your health are the most valuable. The programs or services listed above marked “FREE*” are primarily paid for through various state and federal grants like CDC prevention or the Ryan White grants. Many services are offered on a sliding scale which simply means people pay what they can afford. Whether its a “FREE” HIV test, “FREE” HIV care, or “FREE” PrEP, it has tremendous value even though you might not pay…the most valuable thing is you being able to stay healthy all year.